All weapon buffs & nerfs in Apex Legends Season 21: Hop-Up changes, Charge Rifle buff, more

Emily Stander
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The patch notes for Season 21 of Apex Legends have dropped, including all the weapon buffs and nerfs coming to the game. Here is everything you need to know. 

Season 21 of Apex Legends is bringing some exciting new content, including new Legend Alter and some big changes to the Broken Moon map. 

Alongside this, of course, some changes have been made to various weapons and some attachments. So, here are all the weapon buffs and nerfs in Apex Legends Season 21. 

Every weapon buff & nerf in Apex Legends Season 21

Here are all the weapon changes coming in Apex Legends Season 21: 

30-30 Repeater

  • Skullpiercer Hop-Up removed

Charge Rifle

  • ADS recoil improved and stabilized

Longbow DMR

  • Skullpiercer Hop-Up removed
  • Barrel Stabilizer attachment removed
  • Base recoil significantly improved
  • Projectile gravity reduced
  • ADS in and out time reduced


  • Now takes Boosted Loader Hop-Up


  • Projectile size reduced to pre-care package values
  • Damage reduced to 45 from 50
  • Skullpiercer Elite removed
  • Hipfire accuracy reduced
  • Now takes Boosted Loader Hop-Up
  • No longer takes magazines as an attachment

Apex Legends Season 21 attachment updates, care package rotation, more

The Apex Legends devs have made a couple of small changes to Hop-Ups and the 1x Digital Threat Optic in Season 21, and changed up which weapons you can find in care packages. Here are all the notes: 

Care Package Rotation

  • Wingman returns to the floor
  • Devotion enters the Care Package
    • Reverse Hipfire: Sustained hipfire will tighten accuracy instead of widen
    • Damage increased to 16 (was 15)
    • Magazine size increased to 54 (was 48 at purple)
    • Reserve Ammo: 324
    • Empty reload time significantly reduced

Gold Weapons Rotation

  • Nemesis Burst AR, Triple-Take, Peacekeeper, Prowler PDW, Longbow DMR


  • Skullpiercer removed from the loot pool
  • Boosted Loader added to the loot pool
    • Reloading while near empty will speed up reloading and overload the next magazine with extra rounds

1x Digital Threat Optic

  • Removed from loot pool and all locked set weapons

That’s everything to know about the weapon and attachment changes coming in Season 21! If you want to know more about Apex Legends, be sure to check out our guides below.

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